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WEST HAWAII TODAY | BIG ISLAND ENTERTAINMENT SCENE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2017 | 9 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Metropolitan Opera HD season continues Three operas will round out the 2017 Metropolitan Opera HD season to be followed by seven more in 2018. The new season includes an original work as well as five new productions. On Oct. 7, the grand opera “Norma,” by Bellini will raise the curtain for this season. A dramatic tale set in the days of Rome and the Druids, with the tensions between passionate love and passion for duty, “Norma” features some of Bellini’s loveliest music. Sondra Radvanovsky who brought the opera world to its feet in singing all three Tudor Queens last year should fully master “Norma’s” singing and dramatic challenges. On Oct. 14, in an entirely different mood, the Metropolitan will offer Mozart’s “Die Zauberflote.” In this tale of the forces of darkness against those of light, Mozart creates one of his most beloved characters, the BirdCatcher Papageno, as well as the Queen of the Night. The diva’s achievement of starry soprano heights illuminates the world of Mozart’s last and perhaps musically greatest opera. Golda Schultz and Kahryn Lewick are featured. Then, on Nov. 18, the opera “The Avenging Angel” will be premiered. This is based on the Luis Bunel surrealist novel, perhaps an allegory of the Spanish Civil War, of a dinner party gone very bad, not unlike if the comparison is not irreverent, “The Rocky Horror Show.” The cast will be large and the music, by Angel Ades, is likely to expand our experience of contemporary opera. Turning to the new year, seven great operas await: “Tosca,” by Puccini on Jan. 17, “L’Elisir D’Amore” by Donizetti on Feb. 10, “La Boheme” by Puccini, March 10, “Semiramide” by Rossetti, March 31, “Cosi Fan Tutti” by Mozart, April 14, “Luisa Miller” by Verdi, and April 28, “Cendrillon” by Massenet. Among the featured performers are Bryn Terfel, Pretty Yende, Sonya Yoncheva, Joyce Di Donato, and Placido Domingo. Most performances begin at 12:45 p.m. at the Stadium 10 Regal Theater in the Makalapua Shopping Center in Kailua-Kona. Admission is $22-$24 for adults. Tickets are available from the box office or through www.fandango. com and www.fathomevents.com. Encore performances are usually offered the following Wednesday evening. Classes & workshop Traditional Japanese puppetry workshop offered The Kailua-Kona Public Library hosts a free workshop on traditional Japanese puppetry from 5-6 p.m. on Tuesday. The event is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interact with a master Japanese artist, Koryu Nishikawa V, who is a fifth generation master puppeteer of the kuruma ningyo style. This 160-year-old form of puppetry is related to the three-person style of bunraku. However, in kuruma ningyo, a puppet is operated by a single puppeteer who sits on a small wheeled cart. The puppeteer uses his hands and feet to manipulate the puppet’s arms, legs and head, all while Dr. Donald Nikaitani IS NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS AS A PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN IN KAILUAŽKONA, HAWAII Dr. Nikaitani is Board Certifi ed by the American Board of Internal Medicine specializing in the care of the adult patient. He is profi cient in cardiology, neurology, diabetes, heart disease, asthma, kidney and bladder, lung disease, stomach and intestines, endocrine disorders, and all other medical concerns including cold, fl u, and sore throat symptoms. Accepting most insurances including HMSA, BCBS, UHA, HMAA, HMA, UNITED HEALTH CARE, MDX, MEDICARE, CIGNA, AETNA, and KAISER ADDED CHOICE. Please call 808-329-1346 for an appointment. We treat you like family. Your health is our most important concern. Kona Kohala Health Care Svc. 75-137 Hualalai Road, Kailua-Kona, HI Continued on page 11 ➠ ➠ Continued from page 8 EVERYTHING EVERYTHING FOLK Book Club meets Tuesday Friends of the Libraries, Kona Book Club meets at 11 a.m. Tuesday on the Kailua-Kona Public Library lanai. This month’s selection is “A Man Called Ove” by Frederik Backman. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time? This novel about the angry old man next door is a thoughtful exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others. The book club next meets in October to discuss “The Badass Librarians of Timbuktu” by Joshua Hammer. Info: Visit www. folkhawaii.com. ■


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